Women’s track team wins four events at GMU Invitaional

By Nate Owen

Saturday was not a good day for George Mason athletics. Not only did its basketball team’s improbable run to the Final Four end with a defeat, but the Northeastern women’s track team marched in and won four events on George Mason’s home turf.

The Huskies were led by senior sprinter Jordine Kimbrel, who took first place in the 200-meter dash with at time of 24.64 seconds. Kimbrel also was the runner up in the 100-meter dash, narrowly finishing second with a time of 11.68 seconds, only three-tenths of a second out of first.

Freshman middle distance runner Brittany Moriarty won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:46.40. Sophomore Tramaine Shaw came in first for the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.7 seconds. The Husky relay teams took second place in both the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays. Other notable performers included sophomore Alison Warren, who finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.82 seconds, and freshman Kirstie Gagnon, who took second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:54.59.

In the field events, freshman Olivia Kalinowska won the pole vault with a height of 11.98 feet. Freshmen Nancy Rowe and Andrea Tateosian, finished second and third, respectively, in the javelin throw. Junior thrower Zara Northover, along with several others, were not able to fully compete in the throwing events, due to an untimely death in a teammates’ family, which led to Northeastern pulling out of the meet early.

Overall, the Huskies made quite an impression at the George Mason Invitational. Coach Sherman Hart said he felt it was extremely important to have a good performance against a team like George Mason, saying that Saturday “showed we are very capable, [it was] as huge day.”

Other coaches at the meet, including those of William and Mary, last year’s conference champion, told Hart that Northeastern now appeared to be the team to beat in the conference, he said.

However, Hart felt the Huskies still have a lot of room for improvement.

“For me, we’re still not there yet. [We are] not running as well as I would like to be.”

He felt Northeastern “looked real good on paper, but this doesn’t mean a whole lot until you walk out on the track.”

Team scores were not given for the meet, which was unusual for a meet this size, Hart said. He felt George Mason didn’t hand out team scores in part because they did not want to get beaten by other schools in the conference.

The Huskies will look to continue their dominance next week at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, hosted by the University of Texas, and at the Connecticut Open.

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